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Divorce Hour

January is the busiest month for couples filing for divorce, but what is the peak time for divorce?

A recent study showed that the busiest time for divorce enquiries online was between 12:30am and 1am. 45% of overnight enquiries came in between 10pm and midnight, and 24% were between 3am and 6am.

Tracey Moloney, Head of Family Law at Co-op Legal Services, said: "We are seeing more enquiries late at night - I don't know if it's because they just want to make some enquiries without their partner knowing or if it's because they are anxious and can't sleep.”

Harry Benson, of the Marriage Foundation, said: "Having a smartphone by the bed undoubtedly allows us to execute decisions at unusual hours, for better or worse."

Are you thinking about filing for divorce or have any enquiries? Why not pop into our office for a free consultation, call today on 01246 555610.

By Administrator on 14 Feb 2018

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The difference between unmarried and married couples

Many people are unaware that there are a lot of differences between being married and cohabiting. Here are some of the examples of how married and unmarried couples differ when separating:


  • If an unmarried couple have not taken the necessary steps to protect their financial positions when purchasing property then one could find themselves excluded from any share of the family home.
  • Unmarried couples who separate do not have a right to have a share in their partner’s income despite the fact that they may not be working or have any ability to work.
  • If a cohabiting partner dies without making a will, their partner will not be entitled to any part of their estate.


If you are cohabiting and want to take the necessary steps to protect your future position then call us on 01246 555610 to talk to one of our solicitors and book in for a free consultation.

By Emma Newman on 22 Dec 2017

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Common Law Marriage

A recent survey carried out by Resolution showed that two-thirds of cohabiting couples in England and Wales had no idea that there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’. Also, 75% believed that there should be greater legal protection for unmarried couples upon separation.

The number of cohabiting, unmarried couples living together has more than doubled in the last 21 years. There were 1.5 million in 1996 and there are now 3.3 million. Four in five cohabitants agreed that the legal rights when they separate are unclear and 84% believe that the government should ensure unmarried couples are aware that they do not have the same legal protection as married couples.

If you’re cohabiting and want to take the necessary steps to protect your future position then call us on 01246 555610 to talk to one of our solicitors and book in for a free consultation.

By Emma Newman on 22 Dec 2017

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Parental Alienation

CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) are currently trialling a “ground-breaking” process that will prevent parental alienation which means divorcing parents could be denied contact with their child if they attempt to turn them against their previous partner.

CAFCASS have recently realised that parental alienation occurred in a significant number of the 125,000 cases they dealt with yearly and is estimated to be present in 11% - 15% of divorces involving children. This is increasing.

As of spring 2018, caseworkers of CAFCASS will be given new procedures which will make clear exactly when children should be removed from the alienating parent and placed with the target parent. When caught alienating, the contact between the parent and child could be restricted or refused for a number of months and in most extreme cases, the parent could be permanently banned from any contact with their child.

Sarah Parsons, the Assistant Director of CAFCASS, has advised that their “priority is to preserve the relationship with both parents”.

Is your partner attempting to alienate you out of your child’s life? For help with any problems regarding your child or former partner, please call us on 01246 555610 for our friendly, helpful advice.

By Administrator on 30 Nov 2017

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Why it is important to use a family law firm which is regulated by the SRA

SRA stands for Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. The SRA are responsible for monitoring solicitors’ firms to make sure they are complying with the regulations and Accounts Rules (handling client money). They also investigate complaints against solicitors.

Some people advertise their services to make it seem that they are solicitors but they do not hold the required qualifications and the regulation of the SRA. Always take care to check who you are appointing. If they are holding themselves out as a solicitor, they need to be regulated by the SRA.

You wouldn’t go to a person holding themselves out as a doctor or dentist without the relevant qualifications and regulations so why take the risk with your legal affairs?

Vines Legal are regulated by the SRA, call 01246 555 610 for a free consultation today.

By Emma Newman on 27 Nov 2017

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The Countries with the Highest Divorce Rates

In 2016, a study was completed to find out which countries had the highest rate of divorce. Here are the results:


The Maldives is number one with 10.97 per 1,000 inhabitants getting divorced annually. Most believe that the number is so high because premarital sex is taboo and so a lot of couples marry young.


Conversely, Russia’s divorce rate is 4.5 per 1,000 inhabitants, however most couples in Russia also get married young.


Aruba’s divorce rate is very close to Russia’s with 4.4 per 1,000 inhabitants getting divorces.


The divorce rate here is 4.1 per 1,000 inhabitants.

United States

And finally, America is number five with a rate of 3.6 per 1,000 inhabitants getting divorced yearly. Some believe this is because ‘no fault’ divorces are legal in the USA and so it is easier to get a divorce here than other parts of the world, such as the UK.

If you are going through a divorce and need some help, then just call us on 01246 555610 and we can book you in for a FREE consultation.

By Emma Newman on 27 Nov 2017

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